TIL that Ernest Duchesne discovered penicillin’s antibiotic properties 32 years before Alexander Fleming by whatilearned April 19, 2022, 5:59 pm Read more: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernest_Duchesne What do you think? 12 Points Upvote Downvote AlexanderAntibioticdiscoveredDuchesneErnestFlemingpenicillinspropertiesTILToday I learnedyears See more Previous article A young man decided it was time to come out to his family. Next article A teenage girl brings home her boyfriend to meet her parents 2 Comments Leave a Reply The problem, as is still the case in academia, is that he was young and unknown as an undergraduate and so he was ignored. He then died before Fleming made the (re)discovery and so wouldn’t have been able to challenge it, not that anyone would have believed him anyway. Log in to Reply The [history of penicillin](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Penicillin#History) is a nice read, although it could need Duchesne’s name in the first paragraph. Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.